Montreat College’s cyber defense team advanced to the Southeast regional finals of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition this past weekend. On March 7 and 14, 24 teams from throughout the Southeast competed for eight slots in the regional finals. Montreat was one of the eight teams to advance, outpacing many teams from much larger schools such as Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and Florida State University.
“I am exceedingly proud of the team,” said Cybersecurity Department Chair and team coach Dr. Jeff Teo. “They have worked so hard and shown great improvement over the last couple of years.”
Montreat’s cyber defense team is largely made up of students majoring in cybersecurity at the college, and the team’s impressive showing is an indicator of the growing strength of the program. “The cybersecurity program is a priority for the college,” said Montreat College President Paul Maurer. “And it’s incredibly gratifying to see the fruits of Dr. Teo’s—and the entire team’s—hard labor in a result like this.”
Montreat’s cyber defense team consists of students Ryan Walker, Akira Shavers, Justin Lance, David Teo, Thomas Hill, Adam Shuman, Esgardo Arroyo, and Kasey McCall.
The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition measures how well each team protects a fictional corporate network infrastructure and its business information systems. Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software and is scored on its ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services, and balance security needs against business needs.
Next up for the Montreat team is the regional finals, which will be held on April 6-8 at Kennesaw State University. The winner of the regional finals will advance to represent the Southeast region in the national finals on April 24-26 in San Antonio, Texas.